TiVo Premiere finally gets Hulu Plus, deal for subscribers

Hulu Plus has finally landed on TiVo Premiere, ending a drawn-out (since last September) saga that still, however, leaves cable subscribers who get TiVo services via MSO's set-top boxes, out of luck.

Hulu Plus will be available for $7.99 to TiVo Premiere owners (the same as its price online); Hulu is offering a free, six-month subscription to those who purchase a TiVo Premiere from a retailer or Tivo.com. This offer starts today and runs until Aug. 30. Currently, there are about 3 million TiVo Premiere subs.

TiVo Premiere already gives its subscribers access to Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), Blockbuster (yep, that's still out there), YouTube and Amazon Instant Video.

Hulu meanwhile, continues to push onto new devices,

TiVo reported a solid quarter, with net income of $139 million (which includes the first payment of the $500 million patent settlement it won) and said its mass distribution strategy with MSOs is starting to yield results.

"This has been a memorable quarter for TiVo. The recent historic half billion dollar settlement with Dish Network highlights the significant value of our intellectual property and creates a recurring high margin licensing revenue stream that greatly enhances our financial profile," said President and CEO of TiVo Tom Rogers.

For more:
- see this Hulu blog post
- watch a video on how to get started

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